Gutenberg centre
Appartment and office building

The commercial and residential building combines with the bank building designed by Ernst Gisel to form a clamp that grasps the first block of Kasernenstrasse with impressive, identity-enhancing buildings. The new building directly relates to the Gisel’s rhythmic façade that projects over the pavement. It concludes the street section as a response to it with a tectonic façade made of anodised aluminium. The building volume has been shifted out of the line of the neighbouring houses, resulting in a precisely framed forecourt at the transition to the older Gutenberg-Zentrum. The arcade formed on the ground floor allows visitors to be guided to the store windows and into the entrance area. The rhythmical building, which was conceived as an envelope and a core, reacts sculpturally to the eaves heights of the neighbouring building by omitting one grid unit respectively; the façade line on the attic floor is recessed by 12 centimetres to give the building a vertical conclusion. Overall, the volume expresses its sculptural, harmonious appearance in a fragmented context. On the rear side, the careful, tectonic articulation of the main façade makes way for a calmer mineral, flat plaster façade with selective openings. Even the emergency stairs contribute to the quality of the overall impression by formulating an architecture quasi en passant, before proceeding round to the arcade at the centre of the cantonal capital.

  • Location: Herisau, Switzerland
  • Client: MEGG Miteigentümergesellschaft Gutenberg, Herisau, Switzerland
  • Competition: Invited competition, 1st price, 2008
  • Planning: 2008–2011
  • Construction: 2011–2012
  • Working partnership: Waldburger + Schawalder AG, Herisau
    Cubature: -
    Building costs: -
    Structural engineer: Schällibaum AG, Herisau
    Building physics: Zumbach & Partners SA, Flawil
    Photos: Valentin Jeck, Stäfa
    Status: Built

Gutenberg centre · Herisau, Switzerland · 2008–2012

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cf114377 web
cf114369 web
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cf114384 web
2002 situation 1000
2002 eg 350
2002 og 350
2002 dg 350
2002 schnitt ansicht 350
Gutenberg centre